Dog walker ambushed by army exercise

Oh, you 'orrible lot! DOG walker Rosie Donaldson certainly felt outmanoevred when she was confronted by a camouflaged soldier emerging from the undergrowth brandishing a rifle.

Oh, you 'orrible lot!

DOG walker Rosie Donaldson certainly felt outmanoevred when she was confronted by a camouflaged soldier emerging from the undergrowth brandishing a rifle.

But her labrador Ben had got the squaddie licked – and gave away his position by licking the poor infantryman's face!

Mrs Donaldson, 46, was walking her two Labrador dogs, Ben and Pippa, along the public footpath she normally strolls in Sandy Lane, Westerfield.


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"I was just walking up the footpath and I got one heck of a shock. You don't expect to see a soldier in the undergrowth," said Mrs Donaldson.

She added: "I do get anxious sometimes walking here and I was somewhat surprised to see a soldier laying in the shrubs with his rifle poised.

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"My dog Ben spotted him first and went and licked his face and I was a bit worried that he might climb all over him.

"It was rather odd seeing a soldier all kitted out and I was a little worried."

The soldiers were on manoeuvres, codenamed Log Viper.

The exercise involves around 6,000 regular and TA soldiers and is the largest UK based Army exercise since 1998.

Exercise Log Viper is using RAF Woodbridge as an airfield for the movement of military equipment.

The exercise is testing the primary skills of soldiers' from the 101 Log Brigade based in Aldershot and the Territorial Royal Logistic Corps based in Grantham including supply, distribution, transport, catering, pioneer support and postal services.

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